Throughout time, the wrold has experienced continous cycles of birth, death, and rebirth - physically in the rotation of seasons and reproduction, politically in the rise and fall of nations, and metaphorically in the spiritual beliefs and emotional vicissitudes that guide many human lives. In support of the 2012-2013 Common Experience theme, the Gallery of the Common Experience offers this exhibition as a presentation of global polarities and unities: the meditative symmetry and symbolism of mandalas; the wheel of human experience in the 2011 documentary film Samsara; the downward force of World War II propaganda; and the upward force of recent popular protests.
The opening welcomed Texas State's distinguished guests, the monks of Tibet's Drepung Monastery.
Official flyer for the Spring 2013 Gallery Exhibition: Unity, Separation and Cycles: Reflections of the Changing World
|Spring 2013 Gallery Exhibition Dates:|
|January 30, 2013-May 12, 2013||Honors College Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407|
In preparation for the Tibetan Monk's visit to Texas State, students got together to learn and partake in the art of the mandala.
Mandala Art Workshop
The Honors College kicked off the spring semester by holding a Mandala Art Workshop, where students, faculty, and staff had the opportunity to create a mandala, which is a form of sacred art in Hinduism and Buddhism. The workshop was led by licensed art therapist, Bess Green.
|Friday January 25, 2013||Lampasas 501|
Ambassador Nagy Visits Texas State
The Honors College welcomed Ambassador Tibor P. Nagy, Vice Provost for International Affairs at Texas Tech University, where he teaches on contemporary Africa. Pictured L-R John Hood, Diann McCabe, Jon Lasser, Ambassador Nagy, Catherine Hawkins, and Dean Galloway. Lasser and Hawkins met Nagy in Ethiopia last summer. Ambassador Nagy was on campus for a full day of talks as part of the Common Experience.
Honors Business alumna, Meagan Henry has been working on humanitarian aid projects in India and Myanmar since graduating in 2009.
Honors Business Alumna, Meagan Henry Visits to Speak about her Global Humanitarian Aid Work
Honors Business alumna, Meagan Henry, (BBA Economics 2009), will visit Wednesday, March 20 through Friday, March 22. After working in India, Meagan has been working with the Burma Connection on humanitarian aid projects, orphanages, micro credit, and community self sufficiency projects in Myanmar since 2011. She is among those featured in "Global Odyssey: Bobcats Changing the World" in Alkek, First Floor.
Meagan will be speaking to students in classes and events, including a Philosophy Dialogue titled "From Graduate to Guru in 8376 Miles: Using my Degree to be Useful." Each presentation is open to all.
|Meagan's Presentation Schedule|
|Wednesday March 20, 2013||11:00-12:20pm||Universal Human Rights Class||Lampasas 502B|
|3:30-5:30pm||Talk & Reception||Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407|
|Thursday March 21, 2013||10:00-11:30am||Office Hours||Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407|
|12:30-1:50pm||Class Presentation||Lampasas 502B|
|3:30-4:30pm||Philosophy Dialogue||Derrick 111|
|Friday March 22, 2013||10:00-Noon||Office Hours||Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407|
Clothing Swap official flyer.
Clothing Swap Event
The Common Experience event, Clothing Swap's goal was to exchange clothes that were produced in different regions of the world, such as Guatemala or China, in a one for one system. For example, if Bob brings in five articles of clothing then he will leave with five articles of someone else's clothes.
Clothing Swap was sponsored by the Common Experience, Gallery of the Common Experience, and the Honors College.
|Clothing Swap Event Details|
|Friday, March 22, 2013||1:00-4:00pm||Lampasas 501|
A Grimm Reading
Honors celebrated the 200th anniversary of the Brothers Grimm!
A Grimm Reading was held at the Honors College Coffee Forum to celebrate the 200-year anniversary of the Brothers Grimm. The Common Experience event took place at the end of March 2013.
Students gathered around the forum to hear and read your favorite tales of the Brothers Grimm. Students, staff, faculty, and friends were all invited to join and participate.
A Grimm Reading was sponsored by the Honors College and Department of English.
Official event flyer, designed by Honors student Tiffany Rainey.
|A Grimm Reading, Event Details|
|Thursday March 28, 2013||5:00-7:00pm||Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407|
Peace Paper Project Reception and Exhibit Opening
In April, Honors hosted a reception for the Peace Paper Project. Refreshments were served with Peace Paper Project guests, Drew Matott and Margaret Mahan, and an exhibit of past paper creations and those made during Peace Paper Week on campus. Students also had the opportunity to hear about the Peace Paper Project art-making workshops held throughout the U.S., the Northern Iberian Peninsula, Turkey, and Spain with veterans, women's groups, universities, and local communities.
Through hand papermaking, writing, book, and printmaking activities, Matott and Mahan have worked with local participants to transform significant articles of clothing into works of art that broadcast personal stories, mutual understanding, and healing.
The event was sponsored by the Common Experience, the School of Art and Design, the Honors College, Multicultural Programs Committee, and the Office of Equity and Access, and the Veterans at Texas State (VATS), this event is free and open to the public.
For more information, please check out the Peace Paper Project web page.
|Peace Paper Project Event Details|
|Tuesday, April 16, 2013||3:30-5:00 p.m.||Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407|
The Henna Workshop offerd in April 2013 taught guests about the history and importance of henna to India. The art form known as henna has been around for centuries. Guests at the workshop had an opportunity to learn the art form as well as apply their own henna.
**Chai Tea and biscuits were provided as snacks.
The Henna Workshop was open to all students and faculty, and was sponsored by the Honors College, Gallery of the Common Experience, and Indian Student Association (ISA).
|Henna Workshop Event Details|
|Friday, April 19, 2013||1:00-3:00pm||Honors Coffee Forum, Lampasas 407|
Wednesday through Friday, April 24-26, 2013
The Seventh Annual Undergraduate Research Conference was held in conjunction with the Honors Thesis Forum. The three day event featured undergraduate student research in two categories; oral presentations and poster presentations. On Thursday, April 25 at 12:30 PM in LAMP 501, Honors hosted a Focus on Teen Pregnancy: Interdisciplinary Panel, presented by Elia Bueno, Molly Finneran and Jennifer Morgan. The event concluded Friday with a keynote speech by Dr. Donald Olson, of the Physics Department, along with the awards for the poster presentation competition.
Below is an overview of the URC Schedule, please see URC Detailed Schedule for a full listing of the undergraduate research presentations.
|URC Schedule Overview|
|Wednesday, April 24, 2013||Oral Presentations||8:00-5:00 p.m.||Lampasas 407A|
|Thursday, April 25, 2013||Oral Presentations||8:00-Noon||Lampasas 407A|
|Focus on Teen Pregnancy Research Panel||12:30-1:45 p.m.||Lampasas 501|
|Friday, April 26, 2013||Oral Presentations||8:00-Noon||LBJ Student Center 3-5.1|
|Poster Presentations||Noon-2:00 p.m.||LBJ Student Center 3-9.1|
|Keynote Speaker & Awards||2:00-3:30 p.m.||LBJ Student Center 3-5.1|
Three Honors students shared their thesis work on the controversial topic of teen pregancy. Texas has the highest pregnancy rate in the nation. The students briefly summarized their work and then answered questions. Attendees at the panel were able to observe the diversity of Honors theses as well as learn more about this important issue.
Jennifer Morgan has written a screenplay for a pilot of a television series. The story of two mother/daughter pairs examines how each respond to a teen pregnancy, The work highlights issues about sex ed curriculum in high schools and how community views collide. The work inspires conversation and thought about a controversial topic.
Elia Bueno has performed a psychology study to identify cultural issues related to Latinia pregnancy rates. The work questions issues such as contraceptive use, beliefs about unprotected sex and having an unplanned pregnancy among Latina teens in Texas.
Molly Finneran is designing a peer education program for sex education to be implemented in a majority of Hispanic schools in Texas. This thesis examines the curriculum used in Texas high schools now and advocates how a peer education program could improve sex education in high schools.
|Focus on Teen Pregnancy Event Details|
|Thursday, April 25, 2013||12:30-1:45 p.m.||Lampasas 501|
|Honors Award Ceremony Details|
|Thursday, April 25, 2013||5:30 p.m.||Alkek Teaching Theater|
Look Who's Coming to Town
New Statue Debuts This Month
The new bronze statue named "Vaquero", debuts this month, outside of Old Main and Lampasas Hall. The statue, which stands over 18-feet high, was built to celebrate Texas & Mexico's shared cowboy heritage, by the funds of Bill & Sally Witliff.
Come check out our University's latest addition, in front of Old Main and Lampasas Hall, home of the Honors College.
|Vaquero Statue Dedication Ceremony|
|Thursday, April 25, 2013||4:00 p.m.||Outside of Old Main & Lampasas Hall|